Gisela Maria Elizabeth (Geiger) Hermann passed away on Saturday, the 26 th of November, 2022.
Gisela passed away peacefully in home hospice, with many close family by her side, in Willard, WI. She was a long
time resident of Black River Falls, and before that, Melrose.
She was born on the 8 th of June, 1929, in Neusalz an der Oder, Germany, and was 93 years old.
Her parents were Aurthur Geiger and Martha (nee Titze) Geiger. She had two older siblings, Dorothy and Guenther,
both now deceased.
At 11 years of age, her father, whom she adored, passed away from an injury in a factory accident. Soon after that
tragedy, World War II broke out in Europe. Surviving that horrific time of war and loss, she managed to cross
Germany to a safer place. She eventually met and married Adolf Hermann on September 1st, 1952. Their first son,
Dieter, was born in 1953.
A big move was made in 1956. The family left Germany and settled in Chicago, where they lived for 12 ½ years. Two
more children were born, Hans (“Peter”) and Marianne. English was self-taught.
Adolf’s dream was to move the family to a farm in Wisconsin, away from the big city. In 1968, he purchased a farm in
Melrose, WI. Beef, hogs, and chickens were raised. A huge garden was a must, as Gisela put up all the winter
produce. She also milked 2 cows by hand and made butter. She also took on house cleaning jobs in the Melrose area
and babysat to help with the household income. Life was very frugal. Adolf often worked 2 jobs. The farm life lasted
for 36 years. Adolf passed away in 2003. She then moved to Black River Falls, where she lived in a nice apartment on
Rye Bluff Road for 16 years. At 90 years old, she moved into her daughter Marianne’s home in Willard, WI.
Gisela was a wonderful homemaker. She loved to bake. She made delicious home-cooked meals, baked wonderful
treats, all made with love. Even with her daily chores, she always made time to help neighbours, family and friends.
She was easy to talk to, always very supportive, and a great listener. Gisela was always well-dressed and would
always try to look her very best, but always with a smile on her face.
Gisela enjoyed crafts, crocheting, gardening, and raising flowers, and displayed these items at the Jackson County
Fair every year, and brought home a few blue ribbons in the time. She made many items for charity, especially
during the Christmas holidays, which were her favorite time of the year. She was a great card sender, never
forgetting someone’s birthday, anniversary, etc.
While living in Black River Falls, she made numerous friends, too many to mention. She liked going to rummage
sales, the casino, and luncheon dates. She enjoyed going out to eat, and dancing, especially the waltz. She loved to
go shopping. She loved Chinese food and KFC was her favourite fast food! She loved to travel.
She loved her grandchildren dearly and spent much time with them, taking them places, making gifts for them, and
talking and playing with them, setting an example to all of them, which carries on.
She was a great believer in God, hope and peace. She had a very deep faith in life.
Mother, grandmother, great grandmother Gisela, you will be missed with sorrow by your family and those you
Gisela is survived by her children: Dieter Hermann (Celeste Coulter), Hans (Peter) Hermann (Denise Rasmussen), and
Marianne Hermann (Francis Burbach); grandchildren Christopher Hermann, Michael Hermann, Sheila (Andrew) Pruzinski, April
(Benjamin) Bilski, Taylor (Shawn) Ziebel, and Nicholas Hermann; great grandchildren Dre Green, Sorrel Prusinski, and Lorreah
Our lives are a relentless push forward,
And even if the path is bright and brilliant
It will be littered with loss
Everything is fleeting, everything must pass… (author unknown)
As our lives continue to cross

Under the bright and brilliant sky
It’s you Mother, you beautiful Star
That shoots across the Midwest sky
A star that comes, far from the past
The everlasting light that will always last… (Hans Hermann & Family – Marianne, Chris & Sheila)
A celebration of life will be held at a later date in 2024, to be announced.
The Buswell Funeral Home of Black River Falls is assisting the family, 715-284-2231

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